In the Azande community, King Rikito ascends the throne of his great-grandfather.
The Azande’s newly appointed monarch has promised to utilize his position to restore cultural standards and unify the people of Western Equatoria.
Yesterday, one hundred and seventeen years after the death of his great-grandfather, King Gbudue Bazingbi, Atoroba Peni Rikito was enthroned in an official ceremony in Yambio.
President Salva Kiir donated a Toyota V8 Land Cruiser and twenty million South Sudanese pounds to help the Azande monarch build his authority.
King Wilson Atoroba Peni Rikito Gbudue was crowned Azande King decades after his great grandfather, King Gbudue was assassinated in 1905.
Kiir claims the new V8, which is expected to cost roughly $60,000 US dollars, would aid the king’s movement across his country.
Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the President’s Office Minister, accepted the gift on his behalf.
Dr. Barnaba Marial praised the Azande people for rebuilding their ancient Kingdom in his speech.
According to Marial, President Kiir is committed to assisting King Atoroba in establishing his kingdom.
“His excellency has provided 20 million South Sudanese pounds to this noble event and to the King.” “The president handed the King a fresh new V8 to assist lessen the burden on those who carry the King on their shoulders,” Dr. Marial said.
“The president has vowed to help the young King in establishing his government.” He has submitted a letter outlining the items he needs, and the president has agreed to help.”
Among those in attendance were the speaker of the National Parliament, Jemma Nunu Kumba, and the governor of Central Equatoria state, Emmanuel Adil.